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Episode 025: Fossil Free UB

Episode 25 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features an interview with three undergraduate activists (Alexa Ringer, Meghan Griffin, and Aidan Powell) who are a part of Fossil Free UB, a campaign demanding that the University at Buffalo Foundation divest from the fossil fuel industry and re-invest in clean energy and socially responsible alternatives. This episode provides an update on the campaign that Vanessa Dwyer introduced to the Keeping Things Alive Podcast in Episode 9.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Alexa, Meghan, and Aidan of Fossil Free UB:

One week after the interview, the issue that Fossil Free UB is working on (the UB Foundation’s current investment in fracking) was featured in a front-page Buffalo News Article.

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Episode 024: JD Hartman on Socially Responsible Investing

Episode 24 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features JD Hartman, the Managing Partner and Investment Advisor with the Buffalo-based Signity Financial. He is an expert on Socially Responsible Investing. For years he has been helping people achieve financial security by investing their money in alignment with their values. In other words, people doing well by doing good!

During the conversation, JD talks about aligning where you invest your capital with your values. Here are examples of capital that many individuals have:

  • IRAs
  • 401(k)s
  • 403(b)s
  • Inherited stock (ex. in National Fuel, M&T Bank, etc.)
  • Brokerage accounts (ex. Schwab, Ameritrade, etc.)

And here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with JD for the Keeping Things Alive Podcast:

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Episode 023: Sarah Baird Shownotes

Episode 23 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Sarah Baird, the President and Founder of Let There Be Light International, a U.S. nonprofit organization addressing energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. LTBLI donates individual solar lights to families living in extreme poverty (as defined by the World Bank and the United Nations) and prioritizes distribution to handicapped and orphaned children, the elderly, and widows living with HIV/AIDS. LTBLI also raises funds for the installation of complete solar lighting systems at unelectrified, off-grid health facilities in Uganda.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during Laura’s conversation with Sarah for the the Keeping Things Alive Podcast:

 

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Episode 007: Craig Labadie Shownotes

Episode 7 of the Keeping Things Alive Podcast features Craig Labadie, an acupuncturist and co-owner of Buffalo Alternative Therapies. Craig and Laura talk about his background, what acupuncture is, how community acupuncture works, and finding affordable healthcare outside of the U.S. healthcare system.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what is discussed during the Keeping Things Alive Podcast’s interview with Craig Labadie:

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Episode 006: Agnes Williams Shownotes

The first six episodes of Season 1 of the Keeping Things Alive podcast showcase my interviews with six leaders of the 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice movement in Buffalo, New York. This movement started a few months after Pope Francis published his Encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home, and a few months before the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. I was fortunate enough to participate in many of the events, and I was so impressed with the diversity and energy of the activists that came together during this time.

My sixth interview is with Agnes Williams, a member of the Seneca Nation, social worker, founding mother and board president of the Indigenous Women’s Network, Standing Rock Buffalo Support Group member, and activist for the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In this interview, Agnes shares some of the Seneca creation stories and how that influences her peoples’ relationship with the natural world. We also talk about her experiences as an activist and what it is like to live as an Indigenous woman in the United States.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information on what we talk about during my interview with Agnes Williams:

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Episode 005: Rebecca Strong Shownotes

The first six episodes of Season 1 of the Keeping Things Alive podcast showcase my interviews with six leaders of the 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice movement in Buffalo, New York. This movement started a few months after Pope Francis published his Encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home, and a few months before the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. I was fortunate enough to participate in many of the events, and I was so impressed with the diversity and energy of the activists that came together during this time.

My fifth interview is with Rebecca Sophia Strong, a contemplative psychotherapist, social artist, yoga teacher, and was the consultant for the Sierra Club Niagara Chapter’s 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice campaign. In this interview, we talk about her life path, why the Story of the Universe is so powerful, and the many thought-leaders who have influenced her way of being in this world.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information about what we talk about during my interview with Rebecca Sophia Strong:

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Podcast Episode 004: Sister Eileen O’Connor Shownotes

The first six episodes of Season 1 of the Keeping Things Alive podcast showcase my interviews with six leaders of the 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice movement in Buffalo, New York. This movement started a few months after Pope Francis published his Encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home, and a few months before the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. I was fortunate enough to participate in many of the events, and I was so impressed with the diversity and energy of the activists that came together during this time.

My fourth interview is with Sister Eileen O’Connor, who is a Sister of Mercy, organizer for the Interfaith Climate Justice Community, and has given talks on the Pope’s Encyclical throughout Western New York. In this interview we talk about the meaning of social justice, the importance of taking care of the Earth, and how the Sisters of Mercy research their investments and other businesses they use to make sure they are in line with their values.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information about what we talk about during my interview with Sister Eileen O’Connor:

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Podcast Episode 003: Roger Cook Shownotes

The first six episodes of Season 1 of the Keeping Things Alive podcast showcase my interviews with six leaders of the 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice movement in Buffalo, New York. This movement started a few months after Pope Francis published his Encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home, and a few months before the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. I was fortunate enough to participate in many of the events, and I was so impressed with the diversity and energy of the activists that came together during this time.

My third interview is with Roger Cook, who is the Chair of the Western New York Working Families Party Issues Committee, Chair of the Sierra Club political committee, former Director of the Western New York Council on Occupational Safety & Health, and Founder of the Ecumenical Task Force of the Niagara Frontier, which advocated for the relocation of Love Canal and Forest Glen residents and built the NYS Labor-Environment Coalition.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information about what we talk about during my interview with Roger Cook:

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Podcast Episode 002: Jim Anderson Shownotes

The first six episodes of Season 1 of the Keeping Things Alive podcast showcase my interviews with six leaders of the 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice movement in Buffalo, New York. This movement started a few months after Pope Francis published his Encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home, and a few months before the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. I was fortunate enough to participate in many of the events, and I was so impressed with the diversity and energy of the activists that came together during this time.

My second interview is with Jim Anderson who is a peace activist, the President of Peace Action New York State, the Vice President of the Citizen Action New York Board of Directors, and a founding member of the National Black United Front. In this interview, we discuss the importance of teamwork, his experiences as an activist from the late 1960’s to today, and strategies that progressive groups can implement to be more effective in bringing people into the movement.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information about what we talk about during my interview with Jim Anderson:

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Podcast Episode 001: Lynda Schneekloth Shownotes

The first six episodes of Season 1 of the Keeping Things Alive podcast showcase my interviews with six leaders of the 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice movement in Buffalo, New York. This movement started a few months after Pope Francis published his Encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home, and a few months before the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. I was fortunate enough to participate in many of the events, and I was so impressed with the diversity and energy of the activists that came together during this time.

My first interview is with Lynda Schneekloth, who spearheaded the 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice movement and organized many of the major events. Lynda is the advocacy chair of Western New York Environmental Alliance, Professor Emerita at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, former Sierra Club Niagara Group chair, co-founder of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, and a grandmother. We discuss a variety of topics during this interview, including her background, co-founding Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, geothermal energy, and her experience with the 2015 Rise Up for Climate Justice campaign.

Here are the shownotes, with links to more information about what we talk about during my interview with Lynda Schneekloth: